Plumbing Services And Your New Home: Common Questions About Replacing Pipes
Your new home is new to you, not new to the world. And that means in reality, it's an old house. Older homes come with older pipes, and those can equal the need for plumbing services. If your new purchase has creeks, leaks, and corrosion issues, you may need to consider replacing at least some of your pipes.
Replacing your new home's plumbing system isn't a DIY job. Instead, it requires a plumber's touch. Even though the professional will do the actual replacement, you may have questions about what they're doing and why they're doing it. Before the job gets underway, take a look at some of the common questions that new homeowners have about plumbing replacement.
What Are the Advantages of Replacing Pipes Over Repairing Them?
Your co-worker told you that they saved tons of money by forgoing full professional plumbing services and opting for a quick fix. Wrapping pipe joints in tape or putty won't solve the problems that old pipes have. While this may temporarily stop a leak, the issue will eventually come back — and likely sooner rather than later.
Replacing corroded pipes or pipes that are heavily leaking gives your home a fresh start. Instead of watching and waiting for your repaired pipes to leak again, you'll have worry-free plumbing for more than a few weeks or months.
Is It Necessary to Replace All the Pipes?
The answer to this question depends on your home, its age and the condition of the plumbing system. In general, most homeowners don't need to replace each and every pipe. Start with pipes that the plumber recommends replacing. It's likely that these are exposed pipes with visible signs of wear or damage.
If the pipes behind the walls aren't causing you problems, you may not need to replace them. Keep in mind, replacing pipes that run behind walls can get pricey. You'll need to cut through or remove drywall, plaster, or whatever is covering the plumbing before the plumber does a new install.
Is There a Preferable Time to Replace the Pipes?
Replacing the pipes as soon as you find a leak is common sense. Along with calling the plumber immediately after spotting water, making a full remodel, or any major home renovation is also an ideal time to redo your plumbing.
Instead of having to remove part of a wall for no reason other than to get to the pipes behind it, a room remodel means that you'll have another reason for the demolition. Think of this as a two for one (remodel and plumbing upgrade) renovation.
Buying a new home can come with unexpected issues — especially when that new home is older. If the pipes are old, leaking, corroded or worn, a repair isn't likely to fix the problem for good. But a plumber can replace the pipes, giving you the new home of your dreams.